Angry Birds Star Wars
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Angry Birds Star Wars is the latest installment in the incredibly popular mobile game franchise. The game features the same fun and challenging physics puzzles found in all variations of the game, combining both physics and gravitational pull, depending on the level. There is some commercialism as Rovio expands its brand, and players can purchase additional Mighty Falcon power-ups -- but they can also earn them in-game. The app's cartoonish violence is unlikely to upset anyone. Players on iOS devices can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. HD versions for the iPad and certain Android devices are available for $2.99.
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What's it about?
Kids drag and tap their finger on the screen to aim and launch birds out of a giant slingshot to collapse structures and destroy the pigs that are hidden on and inside them. By observing how the birds behave in flight, players learn how gravity and momentum affect objects in motion. Players can retry a level as many times as they want without penalty, leaving them free to experiment with different strategies until they've mastered the level. Unlike other Angry Birds games, certain birds evolve and develop new skills as you play, letting you rethink strategy along the way.
Is it any good?
Whenever two brands like Angry Birds and Star Wars team up, there's often some skepticism, but thankfully the pairing works wonderfully here. The game starts slow -- and seems initially like a rehash of the Angry Birds game we've played a million times, but new skills quickly become apparent as new birds are introduced -- and some birds gain new abilities, a nice shake-up to the formula.
The game not only blends what Rovio has done with the terrestrial and space versions of the game, but it also incorporates elements of the Star Wars mythos (like levitating things with the Force or lightsabers) into the game in smart ways that up the fun factor. There are plenty of included levels and more promised on the way. No matter how tired you might be of Angry Birds at this point, Rovio has once again made a game that will suck you in.
Talk to your kids about ...
Help kids build their own structures and knock them over. How can the physics principles learned in Angry Birds Star Wars be applied to these real-life models?
If your kids follow the Star Wars franchise, ask them how the plot, setting, and characters and their abilities in this game compare to those in other Star Wars titles.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Subjects: Science: momentum, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles, strategy
- Price: $.99-$2.99
- Release date: November 8, 2012
- Category: Puzzle Games
- Size: 28.30 MB
- Publisher: Rovio Entertainment Ltd
- Version: 1.0.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up
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